Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
publisher: Feiwel & Friends
release date: May 22nd, 2012
hardcover, 336 pages
intended audience: Young adult
series: Of Poseidon , book 1
source: from publisher for honest review
description: Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.
Review: The thing that grabbed me right from the beginning in this book was the humor. Any book that makes me laugh out loud several times in the first chapter gets major points from me. The plot was great, and the Syrena lore was a bit confusing at times, although usually interesting---but what really makes this book is the characters. Galen, Toraf, Rayna, & Emma---all great characters with a boat-load of fun personality between them. They seemed very realistically "balanced" if that make sense. Not all good, not all bad. Especially Emma. We get to know her best out of all of them since every other chapter is told in her perspective. She has a great biting wit, a heavy sarcasm, and a good dose of spunk and sweetness. But there were a couple of times when her emotions seem to fly off the handle for reasons I couldn't see, where her actions were a little irrational---I mean, I'm all for a girl thinking for herself and not letting a guy tell her what to do, but doing something you know is dangerous just because he told you not to? That kind of thing grates of my nerves. Still, her flaws just added to her overall charm and realism. She wasn't perfect, none of them were; it just made them all that much more relatable.
I thought the way it was alternatively told in first-person from Emma's POV, and third person in every other chapter made the flow a little odd at times. It did give the reader a wider view of the story from the perspective of the other characters, though.
All in all, a great story and one that I zipped right through, thoroughly entertained the whole time. As for the nice little twist ending, I admit I saw it coming, but it was definitely a fun ride getting there! I can't wait to see where this story and these great characters find themselves next!
Visit Anna Banks' website: www.byannabanks.blogspot.com
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